While so many people were celebrating Christmas, things in Yemen were anything but celebratory. The Saudi-led coalition carried out 51 airstrikes over a 48-hour period.

From Xinhua News:

A family of nine members, including five children, were killed on Monday morning when Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit the family’s house five times in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, residents and a Xinhua photographer at the scene witnessed.

“Father, his wife, two women (who are sisters to the father), and five little children were killed on the spot after their house was hit by five missiles fired from fighter jets of the Saudi-led coalition,” Xinhua photographer reported.

Rescuers and medics said five other people from nearby houses were critically wounded.

Residents said the targeted family’s small house is located inside a cemetery near a densely populated neighborhood.

Several houses in the area were badly damaged.

The residents said the father was working as a guard of the cemetery, which contains graves of Egyptian soldiers who were killed in 1962 when they helped Yemenis in their revolution against Imamate regime.

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SANA’A, YEMEN – DECEMBER 26: A man inspects a house of 11-members of one family after it was hit by airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Monday leaving the nine members including five children killed on December 26, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. The Houthi-run Saba news agency reported that at least 71 civilians, including 11 children, were killed in Yemen in 51 airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition across the country over a 48-hour period. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

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SANA’A, YEMEN – DECEMBER 26: A man inspects a house of 11-members from one family after it was hit by airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Monday leaving the nine members including five children killed on December 26, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. The Houthi-run Saba news agency reported that at least 71 civilians, including 11 children, were killed in Yemen in 51 airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition across the country over a 48-hour period. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

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SANA’A, YEMEN – DECEMBER 26: A man inspects a house of 11-members from one family after it was hit by airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Monday leaving the nine members including five children killed on December 26, 2017 in Sana’a, Yemen. The Houthi-run Saba news agency reported that at least 71 civilians, including 11 children, were killed in Yemen in 51 airstrikes carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition across the country over a 48-hour period. (Photo by Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

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A Yemeni man takes a picture of the debris following an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on the guard house of a memorial to Egyptian soldiers in the southern Sanaa neighbourhood of Aser on December 25, 2017. Seven members of a family died Monday in an air raid near Sanaa, told AFP a witness who brought first aid to the victims. The raid, attributed by this witness to Saudi-led coalition aviation, targeted early in the morning the guard house of a memorial to Egyptian soldiers killed in Yemen in the 1960s. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Yemeni man rides his motorcycle past the guard house of a memorial to Egyptian soldiers in the southern Sanaa neighbourhood of Aser on December 25, 2017, following an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on . Seven members of a family died Monday in an air raid near Sanaa, told AFP a witness who brought first aid to the victims. The raid, attributed by this witness to Saudi-led coalition aviation, targeted early in the morning the guard house of a memorial to Egyptian soldiers killed in Yemen in the 1960s. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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